|Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX||$95.95 - $160.00|
|Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2||$79.99 - $130.00|
|Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra CS WP||$99.94 - $145.00|
|Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra Climashield WP Trail Running Shoes Black||$145.00|
I've recently moved my running from the streets to the mountains and needed something a little more sturdy. These Salomons are unbelievable. I've only run in them one time, but my initial reaction is that these are my new favorite running shoe.
Right out of the box, I was amazed how light they are. My wife and I took a short walk around the neighborhood and they felt good enough to put through a serious test. This morning I ran a 10-mile run up and down a rocky, dirt road and I don't have a single negative thing to say about them. They protected my feet from the rocks (even running downhill at a quick pace). More importantly, and surprisingly, I didn't have a single blister. That's saying something from a brand new shoe.
I was worried about the higher cut on the shoe inhibiting my running, but it was never an issue, but I still felt that it gave that little bit of added support that I need for my ankle.
I would recommend these shoes to everyone and have been.
I've been rolling my XA Pro mid-tops for over a year now. Here in snowy NE Cali, they've become my everyday footwear. I love how the lacing system can be locked as loose fitting slippers, and this mode basically makes for a comfortable and convenient everyday shoe. I have done probably 200 miles of actual hiking with the shoes, including a bit of winter snow travel and most notably on the 60-mile Bailey Traverse in Olympic National Park. The shoes worked great on this hike, which involved travel on established trails, cross-country bushwhacking, glacier travel, steep snow travel with crampons, and rock scrambling. It is quite difficult to select a shoe for that adventure, and I was pleased with the performance. The shoes do get a little warm in summer, but they are quick drying and easy on-off. I am impressed how the tread still is kicking, though definitely going to wear out later this year. At this point I fully intend to buy another pair when these wear out. Great shoes for a variety of adventures!
I fell in love with Salomon after I took a recommendation to try the Quest 4Ds for work use. Those are the most comfortable things hat have ever wrapped my feet. I decided to get the XA Pros for more of an every day walking around shoe. When I got these I was initially disappointed because there was a noticeable lump in the middle that pushed on the bottom of my foot. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and hoped the bump would even out. After about two weeks of no luck I tried taking out the Ortholite foot bed. It looked ok so I tried positioning it I little forward of where it was before. Its an improvement, but its still not perfect. Other than this minor issue, these shoes are awesome, I would definitely get them again...I just might have to replace the Ortholites.
I go on 3-4.5 hour long hikes and try to find difficult trails, and finish them as fast as I possibly can. This was tough on my ankles and feet in regular sneakers, especially running downhill. I decided to et the Salomon XA Pro 3D Mid GTX Ultra, and I have been extremely pleased with them. They are light and just sturdy enough to protect and allow for fast movement. They also grip all kinds of terrain very well, and allow me to feel confident that I won't slip during open rock scrambles. Overall the performance of this product and the great deal have left me pleased to say the least.
These shoes are great. I bought that as an affordable alternative to hiking books due to the fact that I am cheap. The only real problem that I found is that they catch more dirt in them than regular low top shoes. The second problem that I have had with these is that since they are gore-tex, once the weather got warmer they made my feet clammy after wearing them all day. Other than that I have been very pleased with the shoes. They have done everything I wanted and expected from them. I would have preferred a non gore-tex mid height shoe.
I recv'd. my Pro 3D Mid GTX Utras just a few weeks ago and have just returned from 5 days at deer camp during which I wore them every day -- without any break-in time. Hiked back & forth to my deer hunting stand approx. 2 miles each day with all of my gear and
must say that they are the most comfortable shoes/boots that I have ever worn. I am sold on Salomons and can
finally discontinue my quest for the most comfortable outdoors footwear.
These shoes fit true. I bought them to replace my existing work boot. They are light, and comfortable. I was not sure about what size to order, but I ordered my normal size. I have not been let down with the quality, so far. I work in conditions exposed to all elements. I did not think I would like the speed lacig system, but after putting them on and taking them off, I appreciate it. I would recommend this shoe for all conditions.
Got these for hiking and getting around in the mountains. The main reason was the mid height, have had the shoes in the past but found lots of debris gets in and the mid helps keep more debris out. Better ankle support than the regular shoe and nicer tread than previous seasons models. Quick lace is great! This is a beefier running shoe, not a hiking boot. You stay dry and they are light and comfortable.
I work as a park ranger and needed a niche lightweight shoe for multi-mile mountain trips. Out of the box, these shoes performed exceptionally well in mountain terrain. I have no complaints. I love the lace system as it gets tucked away and it's tough and strong. These shoes are built for speed. Love 'em.
I haven't taken this particular pair out in the woods yet but I have used Salomon's shoes for years now & it kept me comfortable at all times & dry when it gets wet outside. I still has to see one fail me.
Ok so let's start with the good - I bought these to replace a pair of the same boots from the previous series. They were great, but I had worn them through some insanely rough muddy hikes and wore out the goretex. I had them 2 years and this was the time they stated the gore tex was good for, so I guess I can't complain. I bought these to keep the level of comfort, they are insanely light, extremely comfortable, and help you move fast. I particularly love the well cushioned footbed that allows me to walk on hard ground without discomfort. But these boots fail in a few places, and hard. First off, these things were just not waterproof. Like the last pair, these wore out. But unlike the last pair, it happened during the first hike! 2 days in and one second stepping in a stream and the water soaked right through around the sides of the front of both of my feet, where the toes meet the foot. That was game out for me, and these boots prove that the trade off for comfort and light weight is durability. Second, the extremely flexible rubber sole means that if you hike on rocks or extremely rocky/sharp trails regularly you will absolutely feel the pain in your feet. Finally, the little stretchy pouch on the tongue of the boot that holds the pull tab for the laces came unstitched on the first day. It appears that it will continue to come unstitched until it actually comes apart. Solomon has a great idea for a boot here, very light and nimble, but they really have to do something about this problem of durability and waterproofing. I'm concluding that these boots are for very casual light hikers who really don't need to worry about heavy or long term use. The real thing that is making me return them is the waterproofing though, because there's just no excuse for that. I'll research and maybe try a more durable and heavy pair of solomons next, I want to give them a fair chance and I like the level of comfort.
I've worn them for less than a month and lace system is total crap. They slide very easy and won't hold. It's best to tie them, but then why do they even put that lace system?
Shoes/ boots are awesome, fit is great and function great. However, for trail run purpose I don't get why they won't offer Non-Gore version. Gore takes forever to dry up and in recent run they got wet immediately after I step on semi-deep paddle (not deeper than top line of the shoes, but wish splashing unavoidable to get wet). Rest of run my feet was sliding inside a little, and of course some blisters and hotspots afterwards. Overall this isn't bad, but I'd recommend non-gore.